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  1. Elsewhere in the Newsletter it reports that there have been 44 new members since the last Newsletter. So that's a really positive move for the EMGS which can only be coming from the trackwork initiative. Cheers Flymo
  2. John, Thanks for the kind words about the show. Our emphasis this year was to show, teach and experience skills, so with all of the layouts on show, and the demonstrators willing to share their knowledge, we hope that many people went away inspired. And with lighter wallets, as well. You mentioned other guest finescale layouts. This is actually something that we have had most of the last few recent years, going back to the time when the show was at Leatherhead. Looking back to the Retrospectives that are online (https://www.scalefour.org/scaleforum/retrospectives) : 2010 - S Sc
  3. That looks rather lovely :-) Of course you can bring it along for the test track. You'll be amazed at how much easier a locomotive runs when it has done multiple laps. I put my E22 0-6-0 on the loop for some sessions at last year's Scaleforum and was really pleased with how much smoother and quieter it was at the end. And of course there are plenty of demostrators there to help with any questions that you may have... One word of caution - make sure that your crank-pin nuts are really secure! The prolonged running in one direction can make them loosen, and fall off. Then you'll
  4. Hi Paul, You are most certainly in there! Have a look on page 11 of https://www.scalefour.org/downloads/2018/scaleforum2018guide.pdf "Paul has been modelling to P4 standards for many years and will be showing his approach to chassis construction; a pragmatic one which draws on the principles put forward many years ago by Mike Sharman. Paul will be showing how, using readilyavailable components, an absolute beginner in P4 can complete a running locomotive chassis in a reasonable time." Sounds perfect - Pragmatic P4... Cheers Flymo
  5. Joihn, Posted here only because the thread (I've been following it since the outset) has ranged across the availability of C&L, Exactoscale, both and neither products! No offence or ill intent intended to any party involved... Cheers Paul
  6. As this is of relevance to track-building, I'm also posting this here... The Scalefour Society is delighted to announce that Exactoscale will be a trader at this year's Scaleforum show on 22 & 23 September. Exactoscale Products is not a company but an informal cooperative group of modellers who will supply components to the modelling community. At Scaleforum, they have been given a small space to launch Exactoscale Products and explain their future plans. Exactoscale will make sales (cash only) of P4 carriage and wagon wheels together with a limited selection of items from the
  7. The Scalefour Society is delighted to announce that Exactoscale will be a trader at this year's Scaleforum show on 22 & 23 September. Exactoscale Products is not a company but an informal cooperative group of modellers who will supply components to the modelling community. At Scaleforum, they have been given a small space to launch Exactoscale Products and explain their future plans. Exactoscale will make sales (cash only) of P4 carriage and wagon wheels together with a limited selection of items from the range of track products. Exactoscale do not envisage normally having an
  8. The Scalefour Society is delighted to announce that Exactoscale will be a trader at this year's Scaleforum show on 22 & 23 September. Exactoscale Products is not a company but an informal cooperative group of modellers who will supply components to the modelling community. At Scaleforum, they have been given a small space to launch Exactoscale Products and explain their future plans. Exactoscale will make sales (cash only) of P4 carriage and wagon wheels together with a limited selection of items from the range of track products. Exactoscale do not envisage normally having an
  9. A couple of bottles of water and some throat lozenges... When I've demoed previously at Scaleforum or Scalefour, I scarcely touched a tool, and spent my whole time talking. Of course, the one tool that someone specifically asks about will be the one that you decidied to leave on the workbench at home... Enjoy the weekend, and I'm sure that I'll see you there :-) Cheers Flymo
  10. A quick bump, as it's just over a week away from this event :-) Roger Sawyer's Soldering demonstrations are always hands-on and extremely popular: I'm hoping to be there. I'll be easy to spot, as having flown in from a business trip I'll be the shambling one with the red eyes! Do come and say hello. Cheers Paul Willis Scalefour Society Deputy Chairman
  11. To give this event a bit of a bump, here is the man himself, showing some aspects of the professional presentation of St.Merryn. I'm sure that the event will be an entertaining one. Cheers Paul Willis Scalefour Society Deputy Chairman
  12. That is a very neat solutions, to install runners to mount the chip in. It reminds me of assembling IKEA furniture ;-) It would certainly, with proper planning, be a way of keeping the chip away from handrail knobs and other internal protrusions. I'll share with you my way of doing it: Heatshrink around the chips, and across any joints in the wiring. I bought a bag of assorted sizes from Maplin - so get there quickly before the stores close, but if you can find some it will be at a decent price - and find it very useful. I do the shrinking bit by waving a soldering iron gen
  13. Rich, I bet that you didn't know that you already had one of those in your toolkit. If it's not on your workbench, it's probably in the office... Here you are: Pinch a very small amount off and smear it across the top of the screw. It works for either cross-head or slotted screws: You can then have it held securely in the screwdriver, place it precisely, and twist it into place: Normally there is a chassis between the screw and the loco body, but this was easier to show the principle ;-) I use this for lots and lots of body fastening screws, etc, e
  14. Certainly at 12 midnight on Saturday there was one who had decided to roost in the middle of the road in the high street (is that Northgate?). She was having a really restful lie-down. Fortunately she seemed to have two cars with flashing lights and men in bright jackets at either side who seemed to be keeping her safe from the milling of the rest of the flock... I decided to give up on the idea of a taxi and walk the 2.9 miles back to the hotel. It was nice exercise after excellent beer and curry! Cheers Flymo
  15. Horse will clearly be disappointed that Leighton Buzzard will be at Scaleforum in September. Not only EM, but *very* old as well! It must be rubbish ;-) Cheers Flymo
  16. Are you coming back tomorrow? I have an MRJ binder for you... Dave Furmage may have mentioned it today, but I didn't catch you. Cheers Flymo
  17. Last night the hall was filling up nicely... There are some lovely layouts being displayed. I'm not going to say which is my personal favourite so far! Hope to see many RMWebbers here in Wakefield during the day... Cheers Paul Willis Deputy Chairman
  18. Pictures to tempt you of some of the layouts that will be exhibited at Scalefour North... Clutton: Kettlewell: Pulborough: We look forward to seeing you there. Cheers Paul Willis Scalefour Society Deputy Chairman
  19. And here is that list of traders... ALAN GIBSON (WORKSHOP) Wheels, etched kits and components AMBIS ENGINEERING Etched kits and components BILL HUDSON TRANSPORT BOOKS New and second-hand books BRASSMASTERS SCALE MODELS Locomotive & EasiChas kits, detailing components C&L FINESCALE (including CARRS and EXACTOSCALE) Trackwork and soldering supplies COASTAL DCC DCC control systems and decoders DART CASTINGS (incl. MONTY’S MODELS and MJT) Detailing components and scenic supplies DAVE BRADWELL Etched locomotive and rolling stock kits DAVID GEEN
  20. And the layouts... At the heart of any exhibition are the layouts, and a superb variety of new and established ones have been selected for Scalefour North 2018. Boston Frodsham This is an embryonic P4 layout set in 1975-1985 and inspired by the swing bridge at Boston Docks and the wharf at Frodsham in Cheshire. The layout is under construction, showing all the track (C&L rail and chairs on ply sleepers) laid and wired with Lenz DCC system and points are activated by Tortoise slow motion motors controlled from a lever frame which has been built from a Scalefour Society kit. Trains
  21. There's couple of weeks to go to Scalefour North 2018, and we'd like to share the details with you. This year’s Scalefour North exhibition will be taking place on Saturday 14th April and Sunday 15th April, from 10 am on each day. The show is at the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, 154 Northgate, Wakefield, WF1 3QX. The show enjoys plenty of space and an open atmosphere for visitors to move around in and enjoy the exhibits. The School is within easy walking distance of Wakefield city centre, and is only a few minutes away from the main bus depot although on-site car-parking is available
  22. Flymo748

    Missenden Abbey

    Ian, You did extremely well. And you came away having built things, and having learned things. I will bet that your modelling will be more enjoyable in the future because of it. I always go to Missenden with the ojective of finishing an entire kit. And always monumentally fail. But I have a lot of fun doing it... The social aspects of Missenden are fantastic, wandering around and seeing what other people are doing. It almost convinced me to try something in 7mm scale (thanks to Kevin Bloody Wilson). Perhaps I'll see you again in the Autumn? Cheers Paul
  23. Rich, I suspect as straightforward as cost. A single lost wax brass casting is a multiple of the same in white metal - possibly several times over. When I was first looking at reviving the 5522 Models range of coaches, I spoke with the previous supplier (no names) of lost wax castings. I was quoted £2.40 *each* for a lost wax LMS axlebox and spring. As I would need eight of those for each kit for a pair of LMS bogies, I'd have been looking at a resale price of around £25 at least for each kit. No one is going to pay that sort of prices. So I went out, bought my own casting ma
  24. Rich, In short, no. The only thing that you will achieve if you get the components nice and hot are burned fingers. You don't say exactly which element is correct when compared to the scale plans/diagram. Is it the castings or the etched side. If it is the former, then I'm afraid it is time for the files/solder to adjust the profile until it is correct. Or you may even find it easier to replace the casting with a fabricated part from a bit of brass or nickel sheet. I think that you're basically talking about a box shape, so it should not be too tricky with a bit of care. If it
  25. Thanks - that's something I;ve learned. I wasn't aware that there were pictures online, and I think you're right. That would be a useful addition to the armoury., particularly where the brake standard would be vulnerable. I'm in no urgent rush for one, but I'll have a look next time I see the Roxey stand at a show :-) Cheers Flymo
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